Tear-Down of GTX 1060 Founders Edition
The 1060 FE was pretty easy to tear apart. A few screws on the back-side connect the PCB to the baseplate, some allen head screws on the top and bottom sides secure the faceplate to the card, and a few internal screws lock the right-side fins over the PCI-e connector. A few photos to tell the story:
The heatsink mounted on the right seems mostly non-functional, likely used for aesthetics purposes and for (potentially) cooling the PCI-e power input. The fins have a ridgeline down the center of them, blocking air intake from hitting the blower fan in a traditional fashion. There is effectively no side intake to the blower fan – it's all coming in through the face.
Casing surrounds the blower fan to help direct airflow into the heatsink, which is a good deal less complex than the GTX 1080 heatsink. There are no heatpipes or vapor chambers – just a solid copper block for the cold-plate (a thick one, at that) and black coated aluminum fins. This mounts primarily atop the GPU proper, with the card's baseplate taking care of VRAM (through contact with thermal pads) and the VRM. Fins protrude from the MOSFETs to assist with dissipation, and the chokes are exposed between the GPU substrate and the MOSFETs.
Removing the baseplate reveals that nVidia's GTX 1060 uses the same memory modules as the RX 480 does (Samsung *-HC25). Each module is 1GB in capacity, split between six modules on the board for 6GB total capacity.
The GPU is labeled as GP106-400, and is an A-rev (A01) product. This is not a lab sample and is representative of the final retail device (rev A01).
Stay tuned for part two, where we attempt to mount a liquid cooler! We actually faced a lot of difficulty with this one, so it'll be an interesting progression to follow.
Editorial: Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke
Video: Andrew “ColossalCake” Coleman